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and now that they have some guaranteed work, it is time to strike.
December 4, 2017 8:38 am
Updated: December 4, 2017 8:40 am

Unionized shipyard workers vote to give bargaining committee strike mandate

By Staff The Canadian Press
File/ Global News
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Hundreds of unionized workers at the Halifax Shipyard have voted to give their bargaining committee a strike mandate.

A statement from Unifor Local 1 says about 700 of the 800 employees in the union met Sunday to vote on concessions proposed by the company, with 99 per cent voting in favour of a strike.

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The members involve several trades, including everything from metal fabricators to electricians, and their contract expires at the end of this month.

The shipyard has been working on the multibillion-dollar federal contract to build the Arctic Offshore Patrol vessels, which was awarded in 2010.

WATCH: Halifax Shipyard cuts steel for first arctic patrol ship


Talks started early last month, with Irving requesting a conciliator after about four days at the table.

READ: Halifax shipyard says warship ‘gap’ could result in layoffs without federal help

The previous Conservative government launched the national shipbuilding strategy in 2010, budgeting $35 billion to rebuild the navy and coast guard fleets while also creating a sustainable shipbuilding industry on both the east and west coasts.


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